Although the Clear Sky Chart shows only 20 to 40% cloud cover, the ClearOutside site predicts over 80% of the sky obscured by clouds. WeatherUnderground says 39 to 70% and AccuWeather says ~90% cloud cover. Other paid weather-guessers predict partly or mostly cloudy and most give a five to fifteen percent chance of measurable precipitation. Not conditions suitable for star gazing.
Clear skies, dang it! Please?
Crockett Park Site Coordinator
1 – http://www.cleardarksky.com/c/CrckttPrkVAkey.html
2 – https://clearoutside.com/forecast/38.60/-77.73?view=midday
3 – https://www.wunderground.com/hourly/us/va/midland/date/2019-04-06/22728
4 – https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/midland-va/22728/hourly-weather-forecast/2111280?hour=40
Please read the C.M. Crockett Page for park details.
The Lyrids is an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which was discovered in 1861. The shower runs annually from April 16-25. It peaks this year on the night of the night of the 22nd and morning of the 23rd. These meteors can sometimes produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds. The waning gibbous moon will block out many of the fainter meteors this year, but if you are patient you should still be able to catch a few of the brightest ones. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday evenings!